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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    First Aid Guide – Wounds and bleeding

    If someone is suffering from wounds and bleeding, they may need emergency first aid. A wound allows fluids and blood to be lost and germs to enter the body, which could cause an infection. For minor wounds, first-aiders should prevent infection. In the case of severe wounds and bleeding, the aim is to prevent further loss of blood and minimise or treat shock that occurs as a result. Open wounds are at risk of infection, so it is important to put good hygiene practices in place, such as washing your hands, wearing gloves and using antibacterial gel or hand sanitisers to prevent cross-contamination.

    Closed wounds may appear as bruising and could indicate internal bleeding. If the casualty is bleeding, you’ll need to wash and dry your own hands before cleaning the affected area and dressing it (in the event of minor bleeding). Minor cuts, grazes and scratches are easy to treat but for severe bleeding you will need to apply direct pressure to stop further blood loss and call 999.

    Have you suffered after negligent first aid?

    If you have been involved in an accident that left you with bleeding wounds, chances are you will have needed first aid or assistance from another person. This could have been a trained first-aider or a member of the public. If something went wrong and you were left severely injured or ill as a result of negligent first aid – for example, if they failed to apply pressure to your wound and you lost a lot of blood, which could have been avoided – did you know that you may be able to claim compensation? Contacting a personal injury lawyer within three years of your accident will enable you to find out whether or not you could make a claim for compensation.

    Confidential advice from Accident Advice Helpline

    Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we know that sometimes you’re unsure of what step to take next. Sometimes, you just want confidential advice from the experts, with no obligation to make a decision then and there. We won’t push you to make a claim if you have suffered after negligent first aid. Instead, we’ll advise you on your options and let you know whether it’s possible for you to claim. If you decide to claim, we work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, and our high levels of customer service have been recommended by our patron, UK consumer champion Esther Rantzen. It’s free to call our helpline and we are open 24/7, so get in touch with a member of the team today to find out more about claiming compensation for your pain and suffering.

    Date Published: September 24, 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Accident Advice Helpline (or AAH) is a trading style of Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited. Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with registration number 07931918, VAT 142 8192 16, registered office Dempster Building, Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, Liverpool, L3 4UU and is an approved Alternative Business Structure authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.